Sheet Metal Fabrication Process
What is Metal Fabrication?
Hi! Today we’re going to be talking about what metal fabrication is.
We’ve been going all over the place with these blogs, so I think it’s time
we head to the basics.
Metal Fabrication: Definition
Metal fabrication is the process of making structures and formations
from raw metal. Fabrication techniques such as cutting, drilling, welding,
etc., are used in the overall method of manufacturing metal products.
Basically, sheet metal fabrication is when you create a metal formation
using a broad range of techniques.
Usually, sheets of any type of metal are merged to create a larger final
product. To combine these smaller pieces, processes like welding are
used to make a high-quality finished product that creates various
products that come in all shapes and sizes.
What do sheet metal fabricators do?
Whether designing or assembling the product, a metal fabricator will
specialize in at least one of the techniques involved in the fabrication
Sheet Metal Fabrication Techniques
Every project and order are different, but usually they use the following
techniques in the process.
Different companies have different ways they design and different
software. However, at Aston Precision, we always ask customers for
their preferences before we begin. SolidWorks is the software we use to
design. It is a very effective and helpful system.
When the design has been perfected, it is into program that can be
understood by machinery that creates products. Parts are drawn and
then put into 2D form onto a metal sheet, making sure that material
application is maximized.
When the machine has been set to work, the laser cutting process
begins. Lasers are one of the most precise ways to cut sheet metal
material, as they follow the programmed design and cut through the
material with ease.
Many factors need specific perforations or forms such as ribs, louvres, or
countersinks. For this, a CNC Turret punching machine uses specific tools to
“hit” the metal sheet and either perforate or shape it in precise ways.
The bending process, known I the industry and CNC folding, is a
practice that can be completed by a variety of different machines, like a
manual press brake, an automated panel bending machine or robotic
bend cell. Each machine forms the part by clamping the sheet metal
between a top tool and die, applying pressure to gain the anticipated
There are many types of welding techniques that can be done when
working with sheet metal. This includes, MIG welding, TIG welding, spot
welding, projection welding, etc.
The assembly step can differentiate depending on the difficulty of the
final product and can go from easy weld assemblies to complex
electrical integrations including wiring looms, PAT testing and hardware
installation. Some assemblies have a necessity of insertion which is the
process of pressing a stud, nuts, or other components to secure the
The final step in most scenarios, is powder coating. The powder coating
process is a practice of applying and electrostatic powder to a charged
metal component before curing at heat to create a durable coating.
At Aston Precision we are committed to provide our customers a one stop solution for all metal fabrication needs. We can design and build from your basic ideas to quality metal product. No job is small for us ! We care for our customers regardless of their back ground and knowledge. After all we are one of the best metal fabricator in Melbourne when it comes to service and quality. Call us today if you have any questions on metal fabrication , we will be more than happy to help you !
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